How to Use Only Your iPhone for Transcriptions Like a Pro

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Do you remember the last time you were flooded with a great idea? You were probably writing or typing furiously, determined to get out every detail before you forgot anything. Inevitably, your hand cramps or your writing gets too sloppy to decipher and details are lost forever.

What if you could talk through these major ideas and still end up with a text file that you could share later? You can, by using an app designed to create iPhone transcriptions. Whether you want to take an iPhone voice memo and transcribe it into a text file or talk to text, there are apps designed to help you.

The Best iPhone Transcription Apps

The right choice for your iPhone transcriptions is based on how you plan to use them. But, these are the best overall apps for converting voice to text.

Rev Voice Recorder

Rev offers a voice recorder that will create audio files that you can transcribe directly from your iPhone. Use your iPhone microphone or plug an external mic into your phone and hit record. The Voice Recorder app will organize your files and send directly to Rev for transcription. Select human transcription or AI transcription services and get an accurate text file delivered to your inbox in a matter of minutes.


Evernote provides users a talk-to-text function that is very helpful when you’re trying to take notes or remember details of a long lecture. The app will transcribe what it hears instantly, so plan to dedicate some time toward editing the file if you plan to share your notes with anyone else.


Dictate is another speech-to-text app that offers a free or a paid version. If your work requires you to transcribe a number of iPhone voice memos every week, it might be a good idea to invest in an app that can give you more features, like Dictate. This app is connected to Microsoft Word products, so if that’s your preferred platform, this could be the best app for you.

Rev Call Recorder

The Rev Call Recorder is very similar to the Rev Voice Recorder, but as the name suggests it allows you to record phone calls and send them right to to be transcribed. It’s the best tool on the market for transcribing phone interviews!

iPhone Voice Memos

Of course, you can always use the iPhone’s native talk-to-text features. Whether you’re in your notes app or a message thread, there is a little microphone icon on your keyboard that will transcribe what you say directly to your iPhone. It can be difficult to dictate punctuation and style commands this way, so use this when you’re in a rush and don’t have access to other options. We also have a guide on how to transcribe iPhone Voice Memos.

Rev Transcription Services

Rev offers the highest quality transcription services for the lowest price. Whether you want a human to do your transcriptions or prefer a quick AI transcription, we can give you an accurate text file in a matter of minutes. Bulk upload multiple files or send your voice memos from your iPhone one-by-one. Whatever you need, our team can help get you transcriptions quickly.

Learn More About Transcription

Learn more about the difference between human transcriptions and AI-powered transcriptions on our website. We give you all the details including timeline, price and accuracy. Make sure you understand all the different variables before you make your final decision on what app will help you the most with your iPhone transcriptions.